Table of Contents December 2005

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No one may ever know unless social psychologists shake off their fascination with jerks
Can a mechanical snake that surfs the ocean squeeze enough watts from water?
Will a lost coronation temple reveal how the ancient Nubians rose up and seized the throne of the mighty Egyptians?
Insulin resistance could bring down our health system, but it's easily preventable.
Robots can now assist in surgery, navigate Mars, and even vacuum your living room.
Shakespeare, Seurat, and Matisse knew little about physics, but their work is awash in its principles


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The same symptoms for an infant and an older man have separate causes and different consequences

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